2 dead as truck crushes Okada plying ‘‘one-way’’ in Lagos (Channels)
Two persons have died after a truck crushed a motorcycle plying one-way by Barracks Bus-stop inward Iyana-Iba along Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) disclosed this in a statement on Saturday by its Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department, Adebayo Taofiq.
He said LASTMA operatives recovered the bodies trapped under an empty long ‘Man-Diesel’ truck by Barracks Bus-stop along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Lagos. Read more
3 die on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident (DailyTrust)
Three people were confirmed dead in an accident involving two vehicles at Kara bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Sunday.
Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the spokesperson, Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.
Akinbiyi explained that the incident occurred at 1:20am, adding that it involved a blue Iveco truck marked AAB 414 ZY and a white Toyota Cabster with registration number XUR 601 XY. Read more
Truck kills 1, injures 3 on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway (Guardian)
The Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACEC) said an articulated vehicle crushed a man to death while three others were injured in an accident at Toll-Gate, on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway on Saturday.
Mr Adekunle Ajibade, South-West Area Commander of TRACEC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota, Ogun, on Saturday that the incident occurred at about 5.06 a.m.
Ajibade explained that the vehicle with registration no. XA356 ALD coming from Sango-Ota to Lagos, lost control due to speeding and rammed into four persons waiting to board a bus at Toll-Gate. Read more
Edun to head Tinubu’s social investment review panel (Leadership)
Sequel to President Bola Tinubu’s six-week suspension of the four programmes under the National Social Investment Programmes Agency (NSIPA), President Tinubu has approved the establishment of a Special Presidential Panel which will be led by the coordinating minister of the economy and minister of finance, Mr. Wale Edun.
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, the special presidential panel is tasked with immediately undertaking a comprehensive review and audit of existing financial frameworks and policy guidelines of the social investment programmes with a view to implementing a total re-engineering of the financial architecture of the programmes with detailed modification to procedures guiding the programmes’ implementation moving forward.
He said; “The Special Presidential Panel which is comprised of ministers representing strategic sectors and will ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to the reform effort, is made up of the following members: Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance – chairman; Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare-member; Minister of Budget and Economic Planning-member; Minister of Information and National Orientation – member; Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy – member; Minister of State for Youth – member. Read more
God will grant Tinubu good health, long life to turn Nigeria around – Sunday Igboho (Nation)
Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho has commended President Bola Tinubu’s initial steps in office, stressing that he is doing the right things and taking the right steps.
Igboho spoke during an interview with Alaroye Online TV monitored by The Nation in Germany over the weekend.
He said: “I pray for good health for President Bola Tinubu. He’s doing well, and so far he has been taking major steps to revamp the country. Many of the key appointments in key offices so far show he’s aware of things around him. Read more
Kano governor establishes advisory elders council (Sun)
The Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has established Kano Elders Council (KEC) to serve as an advisory body to the government of Kano State.
This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, on Saturday.
The governor observed that the state was blessed with numerous elders and former leaders who had reached the pinnacle of their careers and those are still active and healthy. Read more
Supreme Court judgement: Concerns mount over elevated Appeal Court justices (Tribune)
Following a stinging rebuke of the quality of judgements coming from the Court of Appeal, by the Supreme Court, judicial stakeholders are expressing worries about the future of the apex court.
Sunday Tribune understands that the top Bench, since the return to civil rule, has been sourcing its judicial personnel, mainly from the intermediate Bench.
But on Friday, while reversing the sacking of three governors by the Court of Appeal, the apex court descended on the lower court and berated the quality of its interpretation of the law in political cases. Read more
Dangote Refinery: Our diesel, aviation fuel will hit market this month (ThisDay)
Dangote Refinery has assured Nigerians that its refined products, specifically diesel and aviation fuel, will be available in the market this month.
The company, which made the promise while announcing that production had started, promised to meet domestic demands.
This is coming as petroleum products marketers are eagerly awaiting the release of the Dangote Refinery’s product price list. The company has also hailed President Bola Tinubu for his support of the company and his visionary leadership. Read more
Ryan Gosling praises “girl of my dreams” Eva Mendes during Santa Barbara Film Festival speech (People)
Ryan Gosling is singing his praise for the leading lady in his life!
The Barbie actor, 43, was honored with the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday night.
Gosling, who was the 16th recipient of the award, gave a shout out to his wife, Eva Mendes, and their two daughters during his speech. Read more
Kanye West’s ‘Graduation’ goes septuple platinum with new RIAA certification (HipHopDx)
Kanye West‘s Graduation has continued to receive its flowers from people all over the world, and this time the classic album has received another certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The revered industry collective announced that the album had reached seven-times platinum status as of Thursday (January 11), having been certified six-times platinum the day before. Also on Wednesday (January 10), “All of the Lights” went seven-times platinum, “Follow God” went double-platinum, and “Runaway” with Pusha T officially went five-times platinum.
Graduation was first released all the way back in 2007. Check out the record’s certifications below. Read more
3 migrants drown at US border as Texas blocked their rescue (AlJazeera)
A woman and two children have drowned in the Rio Grande river as they tried to enter the United States from Mexico after Texas military officers prevented federal border officials from aiding them, according to US border officials and a member of Congress.
The deaths on Friday night come as a dispute over immigration intensifies between Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, and the administration of US President Joe Biden, a Democrat, with a record number of migrants and refugees having illegally crossed the border since Biden took office in 2021.
Under Abbott, Texas has increasingly sought to implement its own border controls, which have historically been the legal domain of the federal government. Read more
Fears grow that Trump will use the military in ‘dictatorial ways’ if he returns to the White House (NBC)
Donald Trump is sparking fears among those who understand the inner workings of the Pentagon that he would convert the nonpartisan U.S. military into the muscular arm of his political agenda as he makes comments about dictatorship and devalues the checks and balances that underpin the nation’s two-century-old democracy.
A circle of appointees independent of Trump’s political operation steered him away from ideas that would have pushed the limits of presidential power in his last term, according to books they’ve written and testimony given to Congress. Most were gone by the end. In a new term, many former officials worry that Trump would instead surround himself with loyalists unwilling to say no.
Trump has raised fresh questions about his intentions if he regains power by putting forward a legal theory that a president would be free to do nearly anything with impunity. Read more
Taiwan elects William Lai president in historic election, angering China (BBC)
Taiwanese voters have chosen pro-sovereignty candidate William Lai as their president in a historic election, cementing a path that is increasingly divergent from China.
The move angered Beijing, which issued a statement after the results insisting that “Taiwan is part of China”.
While Beijing has called for “peaceful reunification”, it has also not ruled out the use of force. Read more
DR Congo: Streets in Kinshasa flooded as heavy rain causes Congo river to burst its banks (AfricaNews)
As the Congo river burst its banks, severe flooding spread through parts of the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa.
Streets in Kinshasa’s Pompage district have turned into rivers, with residents using small boats to evacuate, forced to leave their flooded homes behind.
Flooding is nothing new in Kinshasa, but the scale of the recent floods is unprecedented. Read more
Namibia slams former colonial ruler Germany for defending Israel in ICJ genocide case (NewArab)
Namibia has slammed Germany’s “shocking” move to support Israel in the genocide case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) brought by South Africa, as Israel’s war on Gaza entered its 100th day on Sunday.
The president of Namibia, a southern African country where the first genocide of the 20th century took place under German colonial rule, lamented “Germany’s inability to draw lessons from its horrific history”.
President Hage Geingob expressed “deep concern” for the German government’s decision to have “rejected the morally upright indictment brought forward by South Africa”. Read more
AFCON: Wasteful Super Eagles draw 1-1 to Equatorial Guinea (Punch)
The Super Eagles of Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea in their first game of the 2023 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast on Sunday.
Equatorial Guinea drew first blood in the 37th minute when Iban Salvador scored a well-placed shot, leaving the Super Eagles’ goalie, Stanley Nwabali, motionless.
An instant response from Nigeria following a kickoff saw Victor Osimhen head an equalising goal for Nigeria before the break. Read more
Agnes Ngetich breaks 10km road world record in Valencia (BBC)
Kenya’s Agnes Ngetich became the first woman to run 10km in under 29 minutes as she won the Valencia Ibercaja road race in Spain.
The 22-year-old triumphed in 28 minutes 46 seconds, beating Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw’s 2022 road world record by 28 seconds.
Compatriot Emmaculate Anyango also ran under 29 minutes, finishing second in 28:57. Read more
What Chelsea fans need to know about Estevao Willian after making move to sign Brazilian youngster (HitC)
Despite spending an absolute fortune in the transfer market in the summer, Chelsea are still looking at additions in January and Estevao Willian is another player on their radar.
HITC Football understands that Chelsea have made another move for the teenager but face competition from other Premier League sides and some European giants.
Estevao Willian is about to watch teammate and fellow wonderkid Endrick head to Real Madrid for £51m. Read more
Bolton confirm fan died at match in heartbreaking update after League One clash abandoned (Express)
The Bolton fan who suffered a cardiac arrest leading to their League One match against Cheltenham being abandoned on Saturday has sadly died. Iain Purslow, 71, required medical treatment in the north upper stand around the 20th minute.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and used a defibrillator but were unable to save the supporter, who passed away in hospital.
A club statement read: “Bolton Wanderers are deeply saddened to confirm that the supporter taken ill at yesterday afternoon’s home fixture against Cheltenham Town has passed away. Read more
Novak Djokovic comes through Dino Prizmic test in Australian Open opener (StraitsTimes)
Novak Djokovic was dragged into a dogfight by talented teenager Dino Prizmic and had to dig deep to open his Australian Open title defence with a 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4 victory in the first round on Jan 14.
At a shade over four hours, it was Djokovic’s longest first-round match at a Major and he heaped praise on the Croat qualifier for his performance on his Grand Slam debut.
“He deserved all the applause and all the credit he got tonight, he’s an amazing player, so mature… he really gave me a run for my money,” Djokovic said. Read more
Dubai Invitational: Tommy Fleetwood edges Rory McIlroy to clinch Dubai victory (BBC)
Tommy Fleetwood birdied the final two holes to win the Dubai Invitational by one shot from Rory McIlroy and Thriston Lawrence on Sunday.
It was a rollercoaster round from McIlroy, who led by a shot going into the last hole but hooked into the water and carded a bogey.
Overnight leader Fleetwood capitalised as he drained his birdie putt to post a four-under 67 and finish on 19 under.
South Africa’s Lawrence set the clubhouse target after a superb 64. Read more